Throwback Thursday: Payton and Roy

VIDEO: Hall of Fame — Gary Payton

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog and NBA TV. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives to uncover great images from way back when and, starting this summer, NBA TV will join in on the fun, airing the best games from the careers of our topic player(s) for that week. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball and NBA TV.

Today’s Topic: Gary Payton and Brandon Roy

It’s a birthday celebration here on Throwback Thursday, as we honor the careers of Gary Payton and Brandon Roy, who respectively turn 47 and 31 years old today.

Gary Payton

One of the greatest guards of all-time, Gary Payton brought a defensive tenacity to the game that may never be seen again. A nine-time All-Star, Payton was selected to nine-straight All-Defensive First Teams and won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Take a look back at his incredible career:

VIDEO: Gary Payton’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years

  • 6 a.m. / 3 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 1993 1st Round, Game 5 — Payton tallies 17 points and seven assists to power Seattle past Utah in the deciding game of the series
  • 8 a.m. / 5 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Kings, 1996 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton drops 29 points on Sacramento with six rebounds and five assists to seal Seattle’s 3-1 series victory
  • 10 a.m. / 7 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 2000 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton erupts for 35 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to force a decisive Game 5
  • 9 p.m. ET NBA TV Special: Looking Back at Gary Payton — A special look back at Gary Payton’s Hall of Fame career

Brandon Roy

Selected with the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Brandon Roy was an instant star in Portland as he won 2006 Rookie of the Year and earned All-Star honors for three-straight seasons from 2008-2010. Injuries cut his career short, but Blazers fans will always have fond memories of their former star. Relive some of Roy’s best NBA moments:

VIDEO: Brandon Roy’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years

  • 12 p.m. ET — 2008 NBA All-Star Game — Roy tallies 18 points (8-10 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists in his first All-Star Game
  • 2 p.m. ET  — Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks, 2011 1st Round, Game 4 — Roy dominates to score 18 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter as Portland comes back from 23 points down to beat Dallas


What will you remember most about Gary Payton and Brandon Roy? Leave your comments below!


  1. Great article featuring Gary “the Glove” Payton !
    If you like him here’s a video tribute to his career 🙂

  2. Luis Corcino says:

    Whatching Roy makes me a little sad and nostalgic. The dude had incredible talent, but injuries just took him out too early. He still had a lot of basketball to play.

  3. Luisinho says:

    The last play, just like lillard 2 years ago

  4. OverseasNBAFan says:

    Growing up as a kid in the Jordan era watching basketball on tv was fantastic so many great players, but as much as we all loved MJ. My favorite team to watch at that time was by far the Seattle Supersonics, the fast pasted alley-oop madness of Payton and Kemp, the original lob city.
    Fewer players have ever had the attitude and character Payton had along with the game to back it up that guy was damn ruthless, never backed down from anyone. Uncompilable to modern players and their softer styles now days..

    • Kel says:

      I grew up in Seattle. The Glove was my absolute favorite player. His toughness and tenacity are sorely missing in most players today. He was so fun to watch. I love and miss my Sonics.

      As a Husky, I just feel so bad for Roy and how his career was cut brutally short.

  5. smooves says:

    Glove was a great competitor, tough.
    Roy makes me sad, Oden, arenas, TMAC etc etc etc.
    Injuries take some of the greats far far to soon. Let’s hope Drose and Durant aren’t next.